Cedar Rapids, IA. – Paramount Presents movie, television, Broadway, and recording star Harry Connick Jr., Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 8 p.m.
for the Paramount Theatre Grand Re-Opening Gala
. Joining Mr. Connick and his band on stage for this historic event will be musicians of Orchestra Iowa.
Sponsor and Patron ticket packages for the Paramount Theatre Grand Re-Opening Gala, starting at $500, are available now via www.orchestraiowa.org
or phone at 319.366.8206. Presenting sponsor for the Grand Re-Opening Gala is CRST International, Inc.
Tickets are $90, $150, and $250 and will go on sale to the General Public on Monday, September 10, 2012.
Tickets may be purchased at the Orchestra Iowa Ticket Office at 119 Third Avenue SE, online at www.orchestraiowa.org or by calling 319.366.8203 or 800.369.TUNE (8863).
Harry Connick Jr.
is among today’s most successful and multi-talented artists, who has garnered acclaim in both the music and acting arenas. While he first reached a mass audience as a pianist, singer and bandleader, his subsequent success in theatre, film, and television have secured his place as a renaissance man and a versatile entertainer, earning him both Grammy and Emmy awards as well as Tony nominations.
A sampling of credits to his name include his Grammy-winning reflection on favorite music of his youth, Songs I Heard
, and his blockbuster hit albums Harry for the Holidays
, a Christmas classic, a subsequent collection of ballads, Only You
, the 2007 release of Oh, My NOLA
, an album of New Orleans-inspired music, and the Marsalis Music companion album of instrumentals by Connick’s big band, Chanson du Vieux Carre
. Your Songs
was released on Columbia Records in 2009, featuring Harry’s versions of 14 classic popular songs.
No stranger to the big screen, Connick’s film credits include “Memphis Belle”, “Little Man Tate”, Jon Amiel’s “Copycat”; “Independence Day,” with Will Smith; “Hope Floats,” opposite Sandra Bullock; “Mickey,” written by John Grisham; William Friedkin’s “Bug”; Richard LaGravenese’s “P.S. I Love You,” with Hilary Swank; and “New in Town,” opposite Renée Zellweger. Most recently he starred alongside Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd in Dolphin Tale
which reached #1 at the box office. On the small screen, Connick is currently guest starring opposite Mariska Hargitay on NBC’s “Law & Order SVU.” Connick starred in the ABC presentation of the musical “South Pacific” and played the recurring role of Grace’s love interest, Dr. Leo Markus, on the hit NBC series “Will & Grace.” In addition, he won Emmy Awards for the PBS Great Performances concert specials “Harry Connick, Jr: Only You,” and “Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert on Broadway.”
In addition, Connick also returned to the Broadway stage in the revival of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
following the sold-out, critically acclaimed 2010 run of Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert on Broadway
at the Neil Simon Theatre. Connick received Tony nominations for his performance as Sid Sorokin in The Pajama Game
, and for the music and lyrics he composed for Thou Shalt Not
which was directed by Susan Stroman.
The Paramount Theatre
is 1,700-seat historic theater located in downtown Cedar Rapids and owned by the City of Cedar Rapids. It was significantly damaged in the 2008 floods and has since undergone a four-year, $35 million restoration. Major improvements to the Theatre include more comfortable seating, an expanded stage house and orchestra pit, state-of-the-art theatrical lights and sound, improved acoustics, and enhanced gathering spaces.
is the programming arm of a joint venture between VenuWorks, the City-appointed facility manager, and Orchestra Iowa, the venue’s primary tenant.
Paramount Presents Harry Connick Jr.
Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8 p.m., Paramount Theatre
123 Third Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids
Tickets on sale Monday, September 10, 2012
Call 319.366.8203 or 800.369.8863